Eric Frein in Court: Who will hear the case?

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MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  There are big developments today involving who may potentially hear the death penalty case of accused trooper killer Eric Frein.  Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the story

The Pike County District Attorney and Frien’s lawyers announced this morning they have come to an agreement to seek a change in jury venire.


That means Frein’s homicide trial would still be held here in Pike County — but the jurors who decide the case will come from a different county.

Frien’s lawyers were initially asking to get the entire trial moved out of Milford due to media coverage — but they feel this agreement will still allow their client to get a fair trial.

Frein is facing charges for the ambush style shooting outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove in September 2014.

Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed.

Trooper Alex Douglass was hurt.

At this point — no trial date has been set but officials say this agreement may speed things along and possibly allow a trial date before the end of the year.

 
Now the big question becomes — which county would the jurors come from that would hear this case?

That decision will most likely be made by the AOPC, administration of Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

When speaking with the Pike County DA this morning — Eric Deabill also asked him if this case could still end in a plea deal.

He told Eric — there are no plea negotiations taking place at this time.

 

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